The doyen of chartered accountants in Nigeria, Mr. Akintola Williams clocked 92 years today.

Akintola Williams

To mark the birthday, the President of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria, ICAN and his management team paid the celebrant a visit at his Ilabere Avenue, Lagos Island home this morning.

Mr. Akintola Williams is Nigeria’s first chartered accountant, a distinguished and experienced professional accountant who is noted for the outstanding contributions the pioneered in the accountancy profession in Nigeria.

Born on 9 August, 1919 in Lagos, Mr. Akintola Williams started his formal education in 1928 at the Baptist Academy, Lagos and proceeded to the CMS Grammar School, Lagos for his secondary education. In 1939, he was admitted to the only tertiary institution then, Yaba Higher College where he studied commerce.

In 1944, he left Nigeria to overseas in search of the proverbial golden fleece. He studied Accountancy in London. In 1949, passed the finals of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales. He thus became the first Nigerian and one of the first black Africans to qualify as a chartered accountant in the United Kingdom.

In March 1952, he established Akintola Williams and Company, the first indigenous firm of chartered accountants in Nigeria.

In recognition of his sterling qualities and contribution to the country, he was conferred with a national award of Commander of the Federal Republic, CFR by the government of Nigeria, among other national and international honours.

—Moyo Fabiyi

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